So when I decided to go natural I honestly didn't envision any major issues (very naive I know!!!!) but I almost caved in this past week, so this is what happened................
First it started when I decided to wash my hair, my hair has grown about 1 inch since I last checked, see pic below:
I decided to start maintaining my hair on my own but I really hadn't done any major research on products to use and the entire process.
After washing and conditioning with the worst possible products I didn't even dry my hair properly I just went to bed.
When I woke up the next morning Alas!!!!! my hair was a huge mess, it was so hard I couldn't even put a comb though it and after struggling with the hair for about an hour I decided to go to the salon (the same stylist that almost destroyed my hair the last time), I left with a migraine and a deep sense of insecurity with regards to my decision to go natural.
After the ordeal at the salon I came to a silent decision to relax my hair or at least straighten it.
While having a chat with a friend, she suggested texturizing instead and prior to her telling me about it, I had never heard of a texturizer .
I don't know maybe it was plain naivety or ignorance but I honestly wasn't sure what I was expecting when I went to the store and when I saw what it looked like (exactly like a relaxer) something in my head just snapped.
I felt so disgusted with myself and remembered all the reasons why I wanted to go natural in the first place.
I decided to do some intensive research via the internet on the transitioning process. Below are a few things I wish I knew earlier about the entire process:
DO NOT FOR ANY REASON GO TO A SALON WERE THEY ARE IGNORANT ABOUT MANGING NATURAL HAIR: They would simply criticize you and make you feel less of a woman for making the decision to go natural.
HAIR STYLES WHILE TRANSITIONING: For those that would rather transition rather than chopping off the hair completely I would suggest: Weaves- this helped with respect to hair growth as the weaves protect your hair against heat. Braiding-braiding your hair consitently for at least the 1st year during your transition will also do as weaves above.
Remember though that during either of the processes above, you must get regular trims to allow for the natural growth while getting rid of the permed tips.
DEEP-CONDITIONING AND CO-WASHING IS A MUST: You need to understand that like any other part of your body your hair needs to be hydrated and moisturized as much as possible.
Deep-Conditioning: this is an intensive means of ensuring that moisture penetrates to the roots of your hair. You can decide to purchase products specifically for the purpose like ORGANICS OLIVE OIL DEEP CONDITIONER or you can mix one with this recipe.
Co-Washing: this is a must due to the fact that most shampoos contain sulphate (causes them to lather) which strips off the hair of moisture.During co-washing, shampoos don't exist and the only product used is a conditioner (VO5) which you use to wash and condition, rinse off with water once your done. While the conditioner is on your hair, you should section and comb your hair with a wide tooth comb.
SECTION YOUR HAIR: Ensure that whenever you want to do anything to your hair you must always section your hair, it helps with manageability.
AVOID DIRECT HEAT: While transitioning I would advice you avoid direct heat as much as possible .
Making the decision to go natural isn't an easy process trust me!!!! so ensure you have a support team, here are a couple of blogs I follow that always gives me that boost of confidence.
Remember the aim is to gain the freedom to be YOU!!!!!!!!
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